Guantánamo Bay gazette

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Guantánamo Bay gazette
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Guantánamo Bay, Cuba
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Cuba -- Guantánamo Bay Naval Base


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Current issue plus archived issues covering the most recent 12 months.
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Description based on: Vol. 60, no. 40 (Oct. 3, 2003); title from title screen (viewed Dec. 10, 2004).
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Latest issue consulted: Vol. 64, no. 33 (Aug. 31, 2007).

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University of Florida
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University of Florida
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End Of An Era For Naval Station Guantanamo Bay M r. Harry Henry and Mr. Luis La Rosa, the last two Cuban Commuter Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay Employees were honored during a retirement ceremony, Dec. 14. As dawn breaks each morning these two employees take a cab from Guantanamo City, Cuba and make the hour long commute to the Naval Stations Northeast Gate. At the gate, the workers are stopped and checked by the Cuban frontier brigade, after which they pass through a gate beneath a sign that says Republica de Cuba. ey then walk across a 50-yard open stretch, divided by a painted white line that demarcates Cuban and American territory. At the second gate, marked U.S. Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, U.S. Marines exchange the workers Cuban identication cards for naval station badges. La Rosa is then given the keys to a blue Ford truck and drives approximately eight miles to drop o his co-worker before ending his commute at the Cuban Community Center where he serves as a maintenance man. ey repeat this same process at the conclusion of each day. Kelly Wirfel is is all just routine for us, but sometimes you feel like you are living in two worlds, said Henry. ey are two systems any way you look at it. But we are used to it. eir unique commute is quickly drawing to an end. e two will cross through the gate one last time Dec. 31. Both men brought their wives and family members to the base for Fridays ceremony, the rst time the families have been able to visit the installation. NS Guantanamo Bays Commanding Ocer, Capt. J.R. Nettleton welcomed the retirees and their families at the event. I would like to take a moment to recognize some of our special guests. First and foremost, to our retirees and their families, you have given so much to this base and are truly part of the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay family, said Nettleton. Your years of dedication and support will always be honored and remembered here. Guest speaker, Cuban-born retired Navy Cmdr. Carlos Del Toro honored the two in his speech. It is often the case that the rst to achieve success is often the one END OF AN ERA For more see page 6


Half Marathon MC1(SW/AW) Justin Ailes N early 50 base residents at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba participated in Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Fitness departments half marathon, Dec. 15. The health and fitness event challenged participants endurance and provided a unique conditioning experience for the installations running enthusiasts. Physical fitness is a priority in GTMO because physical fitness is a priority to a Sailors career and well being, said NS Guantanamo Bay Command Master Chief Job/Department: Analyst/N2 Dept. Age: 21 Home State: Colorado Quote: Beatings will continue until morale improves. Favorite Team: Manchester United F.C. Favorite Hobby: Work Favorite GTMO Restaurant: Department wives food Favorite Movie: Pulp Fiction Favorite Musician: Above and Beyond Hero: Rihanna Currently Working On: College Ambition/Goal: Sergeant in the Marine Corps Greatest Passion: Serving my Corps How Has The Navy Improved His Life: The Marine Corps. Semper Fi. CORPORAL TYLER TRUESDALE Ross Cramer. NAVSTA is all-in when it comes to a Sailors physical and mental well being. This half marathon is just one of many things NAVSTA MWR sponsors to help keep Team GTMO healthy The top finishers of the half marathon included Lt. Col. Elmer Norvell who finished in 1st place with a time of one hour, 39 minutes and 31 seconds, Wasim Mohamed who finished in 2nd place with a time of one hour, 42 minutes and 56 seconds, and Casey Gore who finished in 3rd place with a time of one hour, 46 minutes and 34 seconds. MC1(SW/AW) Justin Ailes T he Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, hosted a Penguin Patch Party, Dec. 14. Held at W.T. Sampson Elementary school, the free event presented an evening of family oriented entertainment. This event was our way of giving back to the community, said PTO co-Vice President Lisa Pecci. The community was invited to come out and enjoy and evening of fun while also supporting W.T. Sampson and the PTO. A fun night was had by all and we were able to say thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout the year. The holiday occasion featured a free dinner and dessert, games and activities, and an opportunity for photos with Santa Claus. Throughout the year, the PTO held numerous fundraisers in order to provide scholarships for W.T. Sampson Seniors and other means of support for the schools, and the Penguin Patch Party focused on showing appreciation for the communitys support.


T he CRP sta would like to thank everyone for the sacrices made each day here in GTMO. Many of us will be celebrating the holidays here in GTMO, but consider this an opportunity to create a new holiday tradition. ank you all for all the support youve given us throughout the year. It is our hope that your days will be lled with joy and peace! Happy Holidays! Chaplain Jones I wish everyone a Blessed and safe Christmas and a happy, healthy, prosperous new year. I wish the same for your relatives and friends wherever they are. You are all remembered in my prayers daily. -Chaplain Tran C haplains Corner T hank you for your service, sacrice, patience, dedication and hard work in keeping our country safe. -RPC Credo I love the Christmas-tide, and yet, I notice this, each year I live; I always like the gifts I get, but how I love the gifts I give! Merry Christmas NAVSTA! RP1 Hosier T hank you everyone for your support to make GTMO a great place to be. Best wishes and a happy holiday! -RP2 Stoerrle I nstallation Training Team ocials at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba will hold an annual emergency response drill on base, Jan. 9-10. Scheduled to be held at W.T. Sampson Elementary and W.T. Sampson High schools, the training exercise will focus on the proper method for conducting shelter-in-place, lockdown, and evacuation procedures. is exercise is part of an ongoing Training and Readiness program driven by the base Commander and lead by the Executive Ocer, aimed at making sure we are ready and able to care for our base residents, said NS Guantanamo Bay Installation Training Ocer Kevin Robarge. e training evolution will involve representatives from the installations Fire, Security and Medical departments, as well as sta from both schools. We do this every year to ensure that our teachers and students are familiar with base policies and procedures associated with these events, said W.T. Sampson Administrative Ocer Carl Davis. Its become even more paramount to focus on these procedures since the recent school tragedies in Connecticut. Comparatively, we are very safe here in GTMO, but it is imperative to take all necessary precautions to protect our community. According to Davis, normal transportation and school start and end MC1(SW/AW) Justin Ailes times will not be aected. Installation Training Team ocials continue to focus on community preparedness. Recently, team members facilitated and emergency response drill at the installations Windjammer Pool. Our goal was to run an emergency response to an injury at the main pool with the Life Guards and Base Emergency Responders, said Robarge. is provided a chance for all areas to evaluate, train and improve their skills. Base Emergency Responders and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Life Guards were able to practice their life saving skills in a realistic scenario. e scenario tested and evaluated the Life Guards, 911 Dispatching and Emergency Responders (Medical, Fire, Security) ability to secure and injured swimmer. e drill featured a diving injury where a swimmer suered a spinal injury, said Robarge. e member had to be stabilized in the water, placed on a spine board to stabilize their neck and extracted from the pool by Life Guards. According to Robarge, ensuring the installations emergency responders are properly trained and capable of adapting to potentially hazardous situations is of the upmost importance. e key to success is being able to do the basics with precision, so the more training personnel have, the better they can get at what they do, said Robarge.


MC1(SW/AW) Justin Ailes CHAMPIONS 2012 J oint Task Force (JTF), Guantanamo Bay, Cubas 525th Military Police Battalion in coordination with Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba hosted their quarterly Pig Bowl, Dec. 15. Held at Cooper Field, the single elimination, Ultimate Frisbee tournament provided both JTF and NS Guantanamo Bays security and law enforcement personnel with a challenging and team-building experience. e Pig Bowl is a sporting event that is held with Emergency services personnel, normally law enforcement, said 525th Operations Sergeant Major Phillip Dietz. It is intended to build and maintain the strong relationships between those elements that work together day in day out handling some of the most dangerous situations. According to Dietz, this years Pig Bowl was unique in that the installations Security department was extended an invitation to participate. We each have a dierent mission here, however, we are all brothers and sisters in the profession of arms for law enforcement, said Dietz. When looking at the competitors for this quarters event, we realized we would be doing a disservice to the history of the Pig Bowl if we did not invite all military security units on the installation. is was not an Army versus Navy event, this was an esprit de corps competition between law enforcement elements.


Along with the installations Security department, JTFs 525th Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 189th Military Police Company, 193rd Military Police Company, 428th Military Police Company, 602nd Military Police Company and 755th Military Police Company competed for top honors in the event. Security topped out Headquarters and Headquarters Company to win the tournament with a nal score of eight to four. It meant a lot to get an invitation to this years Pig Bowl, said NS Guantanamo Bay Security department team member Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Gerald Provost. Ultimately its about camaraderie and one team, one ght. ere are bragging rights involved in this, just as in every other competition including our two branches of service, but at the end of the day were all on the same team. We were exhausted towards the end of the tournament but we came together, gave it our all and did our best to ensure that we walked away with the Armys trophy. At the conclusion of the event, Lt. Col. Darcy Overbey and Sgt. Maj. Michael Baker, the 525th Military Police Battalion Command Team, presented Securitys team with the Pig Bowl Championship trophy. I believe this event strengthens our relationship between one another because we included all law enforcement, said Dietz. Our intent was to show that we are all one team and we all maintain the safety and security of the community regardless of our mission. Our battles with one another will be on the sports eld, but never on the battle eld.


who receives the recognition. Today we honor two dierent, but equally important individuals. e last of a breed a duo of hard-working Cuban commuters venturing day-in and day-out, across no-mans land and through fenced borders to go to work every day, said Del Toro. To Mr. Henry and Mr. La Rosa, your distinguished career is cherished by those of us who have come to know you as peers and friends. We wish you wonderful retirement. Youve earned it. Congratulations. Muchas Felicidades. Following Del Toros speech, Nettleton and Captain Kevin Head, Commanding Ocer, Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville, presented Henry and La Rosa with the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal and their retirement certicates. Nettleton then presented the walking stick to both men. e passing of the walking stick is a tradition that was started by the commuters in the 1960s and the walking stick has been passed along to the most senior commuter throughout the years. ese men have not only served as government employees, they have also served as an important conduit for the Special Category Residents, often referred to as Cuban Exiles, who ed Cuba in the late 1950s and were permitted to settle on the base. Many of these exiles communicate with their family members who remained in Cuba by passing messages and pictures to Henry and La Rosa, who then deliver it their family members. Mr. Henry began working on the base at the age of 17 and throughout his long and distinguished career held numerous positions to include Duplication Equipment Operator, Property Supply Clerk and Stock Control Clerk before being assigned to his nal position as a Supply Technician. When he ocially retires on Dec. 31, 2012 Mr. Henry will have served a total of 61 years, 8 months and one day to the United States Government. Mr. La Rosa began working on the base in 1957 and held numerous positions to include a bodyworker, plumber, sheet metal worker, maintenance man and most notably as a welder. When he ocially retires on Dec. 31 he will have served 53 years, 10 months and 10 days to the United States Government. Retiring is bittersweet said La Rosa. I have a lot of pieces of my life here. My heart is sad about leaving, but I know it is time. END OF AN ERA From cover Naval Support Activity C ommander Navy Installation Command (CNIC) announced Dec. 12 that Naval Support Activity Panama City (NSA Panama City) was the winner of the 2013 CNIC Installation Excellence Award (small installation category). NSA Panama City was also named the Navys nominee for the Oce of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Commander in Chiefs Annual Award for Installation Excellence (Award Year 2013). NSA Panama City Commanding Ocer, Cmdr. Tony Anglin immediately congratulated base personnel. I am elated to announce that you have been awarded the CNIC Installation Excellence Award and that you will be the Navys nominee for the OSD Commander in Chiefs Annual Award for Installation Excellence, Cmdr. Anglin said. Your hard work and innovative out of the box solutions to complex problems have been recognized at the highest levels of our chain of command, and I have been blessed to lead such a focused and innovative group of professionals. rough your hard work and dedication, you have greatly enhanced the quality of life for our personnel and our tenant commands. CNIC is comprised of 11 regions and 72 bases worldwide. e annual CNIC Installation Excellence Award recognizes installations in the large and small categories; Naval Air Station Jacksonville was the winner in the large installation category, and NSA Panama City was the winner in the small installation category. is years competition and all nomination packages reected the great accomplishments that CNIC installations made worldwide, said Rear Adm. Jack Scorby, commander, Navy Region Southeast. NSA Panama City has consistently been a leader in advancing the CNIC mission of enabling todays warghter and supporting the force of tomorrow. In 2012, NSA Panama City excelled in the categories of energy conservation, environmental protection, community outreach and providing outstanding quality of life for Navy personnel. Anglin and his team are truly deserving of this recognition. As a leader in workplace safety, NSA Panama City reduced workplace mishaps by 27 percent, and civilian injuries have declined by 36 percent in the past year. In June 2012, NSA Panama City earned two Chief of Naval Operations awards and a Secretary of the Navy award for environmental stewardship. In October 2012, NSA Panama City earned the Secretary of the Navy Platinum Award for Energy and Water Conservation, reducing energy use with automated energy management and equipment upgrades. Military and civilian personnel executed 324 community relations projects totaling more than 9,400 hours of service. NSA Panama City and Bay County, Fla. were recognized by the Oce of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for streamlining communications with local municipalities and the State of Florida, and made major strides toward full implementation of the highly successful Joint Land Use Study. Cmdr. Anglin attributed the commands success to optimal use of available resources, while focusing on innovative management actions to increase overall productivity. Team NSA Panama City shares this award with our very supportive commands and our partners in the local communities of Panama City Beach and Bay County, Anglin stated. Naval Support Activity Panama City Public Affairs


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